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Psychological Science

Major / Minor Requirements

The psychology major is designed to encourage an understanding of human behavior from a broad perspective, to prepare students for graduate study in psychology, for employment in a psychology-related field, or for further education or career training in a variety of other fields.

The Psychological Science Department offers both a major and minor in psychology.

Current students: You should follow the official College Catalog from the year you entered Carthage and work with your advisors and the department chair to ensure all requirements are met.

The Psychology Major

Students pursuing the psychology major complete 44 credits.

Required (take all):

PYC 1500 Introduction to Psychological Science (4 credits)
PYC 2010 Statistics and Research Methods I (4 credits)
PYC 3010 Statistics and Research Methods II (4 credits)
PYC 4700 Fieldwork in Psychological Science OR PYC 4800 Thesis in Psychological Science (4 credits)

Breadth courses (take four):

NEU 2100 Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience (4 credits)
PYC 2150 Sensation and Perception (4 credits)
PYC 2200 Social Psychology (4 credits)
PYC 2300 Cognitive Psychology (4 credits)
PYC 2850 Child and Adolescent Development (4 credits)

Depth courses (take two):

Majors also are required to take two depth courses (3000 or higher) after they have met the prerequisites for the respective depth course. These depth courses include:

PYC 3500 Abnormal Psychology (4 credits)
PYC 3600 Organizational Psychology (4 credits)
PYC 3650 Childhood Psychopathology (4 credits)
PYC 3750 Psychology of Personality (4 credits)
PYC 3850 Adult Development and Aging (4 credits)
NEU 3950 Neuroscience II: Electrical and Chemical Properties (4 credits)
PYC 4150 Globalization and Psychology (4 credits)
PYC 400T Advanced Topics in Psychological Science (4 credits)

Finally, students need to take one elective course labeled as PYC (which can include PYC 200T: Topics in Psychological Science).

All majors are required to complete a thesis. In addition to the choice of PYC 4700 or PYC 4800, students must contact the department chair to be assigned to the appropriate section of PYC 4900 Senior Thesis completion at the time they are completing their Senior Thesis requirement.

The Psychology Minor

Three courses are required (no substitutions) of all psychology minors.

Required (take all):

PYC 1500 Introduction to Psychological Science (4 credits)
PYC 2010 Statistics and Research Methods I (4 credits)
PYC 3010 Statistics and Research Methods II (4 credits)

In addition, students must choose three additional courses (12 credits) from the listings in the department.

Independent Study and Field Work

Enrolling in Thesis in Psychological Science, Fieldwork in Psychological Science, or independent study requires permission of the department chair.

Honors in the Major

Honors in the major is attained by an exemplary experimental thesis completed in PYC 4700 or 4800, and a public presentation. Basic requirements are listed under All-College Programs in the catalog.

Current students, remember: You should follow the official College Catalog from the year you entered Carthage and work with your advisors and the department chair to ensure all requirements are met.

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